at Riverside Dental Group. If you educate yourself on the possible causes of toothaches, you will be more prepared to take quick action if this problem ever befalls you.

Toothache Causes

Tooth decay – Many people attribute a toothache to cavities. This is the correct instinct, as decay is the number-one cause of toothache pain. Keeping up with your six month checkups will ensure that cavities are caught before they are bad enough to cause substantial discomfort.

Abscess – When pus accumulates deep in the teeth, jaw, and/or gums, the infection can exert pressure against the tooth root, causing a severe toothache.

Fractured tooth – Bacteria that infiltrate a tooth through a crack or fracture will cause swelling in the tooth’s pulp, leading to pain.

Exposed tooth root – The root of a tooth does not have the advantage of being protected by enamel, so its outermost layer is sensitive dentin. When exposed to hot and cold foods, dentin triggers sharp pains in the affected area.

Impacted wisdom teeth – If your wisdom teeth cannot erupt properly, they may continue to grow at an odd angle, placing pressure on the surrounding teeth. Pain and swelling, and sometimes infection, often occur as a result.

Bruxism – Teeth grinding wears away enamel, the protective shell on the outside of our teeth. Damaged enamel allows underlying dentin to feel heat and cold more severely, and this causes tooth sensitivity. Over time, bruxism can also cause teeth to fracture and chip.

Riverside Dentists Provide Fluoride Treatments

If you have a toothache, please don’t hesitate to contact your Riverside dentists, especially if the pain is intense or accompanied by fever. We will get you an appointment as quickly as possible, so your toothache cause can be determined and treated. We are happy to offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family. Contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.